I have heard rumblings from “reality” sources that daydreamers are trouble.  To be wary, and to be careful to teach your children to not dream too big, for fear of a developing a mental psychosis, or neurosis.  But I have a bone to pick with you who bash the dreamer.

Au contraire, the daydreamers are the ones who change the world.  Give me a moment to quote our beloved Jack Kerouac and state that “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."  Am I calling you crazy? Yes. Hell yes! Sanity? Sanity is for the meek.  Sanity is for those without a vision.  Let me tell you dear daydreamers, you are my absolute favorites.  Continue to dream those large daring bold and italicized dreams.

However, dreaming is only where it begins.  To affect the world with your dreams, you must infiltrate the world with them.  You must become the pragmatic dreamer, the dreamer who puts dreams into action.  You must be the woman or the man who says, I want to put a glass dome around the entire city of New York, and because you said it, everyone believes you will.  So might I suggest to you, you special creative weird little beings, to be ambitious with those dreams.  Take them, write them down, put them on paper, scour books, research, and begin creating, manipulating, tackling, pulling and ripping, until those dreams become real.  You are the ones who will save the world.  You are the ones who will cause a ruckus.  You will be shunned, you will be criticized but mostly, and most importantly, you will be admired for your bravery, for your passion. It won’t be easy.  You will have to work every single day, constantly learning anew, but that won’t be too hard for you dreamer, and it will be incredibly satisfying.  

Mostly, my advice is to not let those voices of criticism take over your head.  Keep your head strong, focused, and stomp out the voices that tell you your feat is impossible, perhaps it tells you that you don’t have what it takes, or maybe it is a voice that questions the very grounds you stand upon every day.  This world is a confusing one; there are so many wrongs, idiocracies, stunning human behavior of greed, hate, and violence.  You will acknowledge this, and some days you may want to give up, you may want to say what’s the point? This world will never change.  But you can’t believe that.  It will.  You can change it.  You were born to change it.  Be smart, be clever, be aware of how the world works, so that you know how to best effect it.  Follow your passion, because that will be only thing that keeps you going.  Listen to your elders, but don’t be afraid to take risks.  Most importantly, trust yourself.

Kelli Rad feels her way through life and her art. Her interests are as kaleidoscopic as the images she captures through the lens of her camera, and she hopes that each person who gazes upon them feels a resonance in even just one of its layers.  She is a Co-Founder and lead Designer at WildSpice Magazine, and web designer by trade.  Check out her portfolio at www.kellirad.com.